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Food Control - Import notifications (2020)

In the United States of America, in 2020, a total of 730 import notifications of fisheries and aquaculture products were recorded in the Import Refusal Report (IRR) system of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The cause of notifications was organized into four categories, including: chemical, histamine, microbiological and a broad category called “other causes”.

As summarized in the table below, most import notifications were due to the “others” category (419 cases), followed by microbiological issues (219 cases). The third largest cause of notifications was due to chemical causes with 72 cases, followed by the presence of histamine above the maximum levels with 20 cases recorded. It is important to highlight that other causes, chemical and histamine causes decreased significantly from 2019. Other causes decreased from 864 cases in 2019 to 419 in 2020, chemical causes decreased from 151 cases in 2019 to 72 in 2020 and histamine causes from 59 cases in 2019 to 20 in 2020.

Month Others Microbiological Chemical Histamine Total
January 65 18 12 0 95
February 78 12 7 0 97
March 69 21 13 3 106
April 24 25 3 0 52
May 14 8 5 0 27
June 25 10 2 0 37
July 14 4 5 0 23
August 17 4 5 6 32
September 22 7 5 0 34
October 18 16 5 4 43
November 27 61 2 4 94
December 46 33 8 3 90
Total 419 219 72 20 730

Source: FDA

Percentage of the causes

As shown in the figure below, the “other causes” category was the main category in terms of number of notifications, accounting for 57 percent of the total. Microbiological causes accounted for 30 percent, followed by chemical causes (10 percent) and histamine (3 percent).

 

 

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